About Us

The Summer Fund is a donor collaborative providing a strategic coordinated approach to build, strengthen, and sustain a network of high-quality summer camps and programs for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. We provide resources to ensure that summer program opportunities are accessible to underserved communities in Greater Boston.

We provide operational support grants, capacity building initiatives, and other resources to selected camps and programs that offer quality summer enrichment opportunities. Summer Fund camps provide academic enrichment, social skill development, outdoor recreation, safe supervised settings and healthy meals for underserved youth during summer months.

Our strategic funding approach ensures that resources are targeted to disadvantaged populations, and meet the diverse needs of the rich and vibrant communities we serve.

The Summer Fund provides grants and resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve:

  • Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville
  • Underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 6-18, from low to moderate income households
  • All races, ethnic backgrounds, and abilities, including immigrants and refugees, older youth and teens, and children who have physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.

Summer Fund Fact

In 2013, Summer Fund resources supported more than 27,000 children and youth, including 33% of Boston’s child and youth population and 22% of the same population in Cambridge.

Our Impact

The Summer Fund Cultural Day program allows Boston Children’s Museum to fulfill its mission of reaching out to underserved populations of children in the greater Boston area. Without this program, many of these children would never have the opportunity to attend the Museum and to learn and grow from the educational opportunities we offer.

— Boston Children’s Museum

Random Quote

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury